http://html. Libro de homenajes, de Jorge Teillier. .. El guardagujas dio un brinco, y se puso a hacer señales ridículas y desordenadas con su linterna. The Switchman (Original title: El Guardagujas) is an existentialist short story by Mexican writer Juan José Arreola. The short story was originally published as a.

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The “switchman” tells the stranger that the country is famous for its railroad system; though many timetables and tickets have been produced, the trains do not follow them well. Enlaces Go Ediciones Letras.

A la misteriosa, de Robert Desnos. The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions. Algunas de esas amistades se transformaron pronto en idilios, y el resultado ha sido F. Hay quien ha gastado en boletos una verdadera fortuna A stranger carrying a large suitcase runs towards a train station, and manages to arrive exactly at the time that his train bound for a town identified only as T.

The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their railway system. As the man speculates about where his train might be, he feels a touch on his shoulder and turns to see a small old man dressed like a railroader and carrying a lantern. Libro de homenajes, de Jorge Teillier. The railroad company occasionally creates false train stations in remote locations to abandon people when the trains become too crowded.

He does not understand why the stranger insists on going to T. Nostalgia de la Tierra, de Jorge Teillier. Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados.

Los viajeros pasaron tanto tiempo, que de las obligadas conversaciones triviales surgieron amistades estrechas. Like most of Arreola’s libfo, The Switchman’ can be interpreted in a variety of ways—as an allegory of the pitfalls of the Mexican train system, an existential horror story of life’s absurdities and human limitation, and the author’s desire to laugh in spite of the insanities of the world and human interaction.


guardqgujas Para regular la vida a bordo de los vagones demasiado repletos, la empresa se ve obligada a echar mano de ciertos expedientes. Compran un boleto para ir a T.

The stranger wants to know if a train going to T. He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so. Invitan a los pasajeros a que desciendan de los vagones, generalmente con el pretexto de que admiren las bellezas de un determinado lugar. Views Read Edit View history. Hace circular trenes por wl intransitables. Comentarios de la entrada Atom. There are clearly rails laid down for a train, but guarragujas to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station.

DscnTxt Editores, Santiago de Chile, No he viajado nunca, ni tengo ganas de hacerlo.

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Una vez que los viajeros se hallan a cierta distancia, el tren escapa a todo vapor. Se ve que es rl un hombre de convicciones. In addition, it is not really clear that the system does operate in the way the switchman claims: Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. El tren fue a dar en un terreno impracticable. It was republished ten years later along with other published works by Guardgujas at that time in the collection El Confabulario total.

As the stranger is very interested in this, the switchman once again encourages the stranger to try his luck, but warns him not ek talk to fellow passengers, who may be spies, and to watch out for mirages that the railroad company generates.

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The switchman tells the stranger that the inn is filled with people who have made that very same assumption, and who may one day actually get there. The stranger still wishes to travel on his train to T. Though some consider him to be a pioneer in the field on non-realistic guardaguujas, critics of him felt that social conditions in Mexico demanded a more realistic examination guardagujaas the inequalities. The stranger is warned that if he is lucky enough to board any train, he must also be vigilant about his point of departure.


The residents accept this system, but hope for a change in the system.

The Switchman

The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay. Al fondo del paisaje, la locomotora se acercaba como un ruidoso advenimiento. Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to guardagujass it. Vea usted, hay personas que ni siquiera se han dado cuenta de lo que pasa. No trate a ninguno de los pasajeros. In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is very good.

Debo hallarme en T. He feels that those with authority create absurd laws and conditions in their domain, and their subjects often willingly accept these absurdities, much like guareagujas train passengers.

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